Although women have made great strides, establishing themselves as major players, they still face challenges found within society. Seen in history, women have played a significant role in life and don’t get acknowledged as much.
Some of these sacrifices have been forgotten, not giving light to the value and talent that these women possess.
However, there are strong women who are fearlessly pushing the barrier, with or without recognition. Especially those in the hip-hop and rap industry.
Not only have women left a print on the rap industry, they have also paved the way for other young girls to showcase their talents without living in fear that they can’t or as the cliché saying goes, that this is a man’s world.
Here are the 9 most impactful women in the rap industry to this day.
A Grammy Award winning rapper, singer, producer and songwriter and known genius behind the originality and creative direction of her videos. Missy Elliott’s iconic music video format added to the indigenous black American style of music. She was a woman who sought freedom in her music by pushing limitations.
One of the first politically conscious female rappers who broke barriers in the rap industry with her track, U.N.I.T.Y. Not only did she build her name through rapping, but Queen Latifah became an actress, producer and personality host. One thing she was not afraid to do, was bring her African rooted heritage to the stage.
While being a rare combination of rhythmically inclined, spiritual, motivating and dexterous MC, Lauryn Hill was a gift to the rap game. After being apart of The Fugees, she later became her own solo artist releasing the unmatchable album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
An MC who was probably one of the most prominent rappers who demanded respect from men in their supposed dominated field. Lil Kim was one of the first to introduce a very sexy and sultry image, but she still held her ground and stayed up to speed with Biggie and his Junior M.A.F.I.A group.
Noted as one of the most consistent female rappers of all time, Trina ranked #27 in Pull Over’s Top 50 Best Rap Songs by Women.
A Grammy nominated rapper and member of Fat Joe’s group was on powerful roll in her music career until she was locked up for eight years. Before her imprisonment, she won two Vibe awards and a BET award for “Best Female Hip Hop Artist”. Remy Ma speaks volumes to the true definition of what it means to overcome. Right after her incarceration, she was determined to take back her thrown as the Rap Queen and through that process, she ignited the beef with Nicki Minaj.
A Philadelphia native who won a Grammy for “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” in 2002. But, Eve went beyond just her music, she also crossed between being both a rapper and actress, best known for her role in the Barbershop sequel. Should also take note of her many appearances ranging from signing with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath, working with DMX, Erykah Badu, Gwen Stefani and many more.
Along with Spinderella, Salt-N-Pepa was a trio from Queens, NY, a group that won a Grammy award for Best Rap Performance. As the first all-female rap group, they broke down many barriers for all women in hip-hop. Their rhymes, delivery and stance on feminism is what earned them their worldwide success.
Fueled out of Trinidad but from the heart of Queens, NY, Nicki Minaj went from being the mixtape queen to arguably the modern day queen of rap. While her display and presentation is seemingly inspired by other rap artistd that came before her, Nicki reaching over 70 million Instagram followers has made a reputable name, status and path for herself. She is now the world’s biggest female hip hop star, crossing platforms from rap, pop and RNB.